What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled most website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you growing baffled? We categorically are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Downside Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the complete deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. Occasionally, based on the billing system (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is availing of, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...